PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles continued to add to their stable of quarterbacks and further hinted at the way they might play under coach Chip Kelly when the team signed Dennis Dixon to a two-year contract Thursday.
Dixon, a practice squad quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens this season, excelled in college at Oregon when Kelly was his offensive coordinator. The 28-year old quarterback was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008 and started three games. He suffered knee injuries as a senior at Oregon in 2007 and with the Steelers in 2010.
Dixon does not figure to be a favorite to win a starting job over Michael Vick or Nick Foles. In fact, Dixon's first task will be simply making the roster. NFL rosters expand to 90 players during the offseason, so it is common for a team to make these kind of moves. However, Dixon's position and his connection to Kelly make this more than a run-of-the-mill February signing.
Dixon threw for 2,136 yards and rushed for 583 during his senior season at Oregon — his lone season under Kelly.